Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding

Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding
Entangled Teen | Paperback, 285 pages
Published: December 3rd, 2013
Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Quick Story:

Mediocre teen Kellie Brooks has no illusions as to where she stands in her lot in life. She’s content going through her high school tenure with average grades, using very little effort to apply herself. She leaves the brilliance and overachieving to her older sister.

One upheaval after another disturbs her unassuming existence, however. First, her sister found her biological mother, which led her to realize exactly how she fits (or doesn’t) with her adopted family. Then the boy-man she almost had sex with comes strolling back in her life with a few secrets of his own. She’s losing her best friend, and her world is changing fast.

My Thoughts:

So this is your typical contemporary romance novel where the heroine is about to discover herself and her place in the world. Her family is bit queer and pleasantly so. I love the tattoo artist step dad who knows his place in everybody’s lives. I love the hippie mom who’s not at all loopy but very much involved in her kids’ lives. I love the family dynamics, which sadly is about the only thing memorable about this novel.

Kellie Brooks is pretty flat, to be honest. She’s got very little personality to speak of, as are the rest of the characters in this book. It was either that or that I just didn’t find it in me to reach them at a level where I could summon some semblance of empathy.

I don’t know what happened to her supposedly best friend or their falling out. She was in her life until she decided she’s becoming too cool for her own good. In which case, I surmised that she’s a lousy excuse for a friend if being cool meant more to her than the years that they’ve spent being friends.

Her sister was unlikeable as well. Β She’s a little self-absorbed who thinks that she’s also way too good for Kellie and the family that loved her from day one.

I would talk about Oliver but I’d probably end up ranting so I’m going to leave this review right here. Over all, it’s a fast read but nothing really earth-shattering or even mildly remarkable. If you’re looking for an easy read with the usual elements of a contemporary fiction in this genre, then you’ll probably enjoy this book.

  • I'm sad that this one wasn't great for you. I really really enjoyed Spalding's debut The Reece Malcolm List and I was excited to see that she had another novel out. I think I'll give this one a go regardless- Maybe.

    Thanks for the review.

  • This sounds like a meh kind of book for me. I don't think I would be able to finish this one. I wish every contemporary book was more like Saving Francesca or Looking for Alibrandi. Those right there were amazing and memorable contemporary books. Too bad this one wasn't as good as it sounds.

  • Oh dear! I hate when books get so awkward you can't even find much to say about the main characters πŸ™ Thanks for reviewing it, J.!

  • Sounds like an average contemporary fiction, the family dynamics sound good in this but otherwise not much that makes it stand out. Thanks for the review Joy!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  • No thank you, I'll pass. πŸ˜‰ I need GOOD character connection, so I doubt I'd care for this.

  • Aw, that's too bad. I gotta say–everything you said about INK is pretty much how I felt about the author's debut. It was readable and sort of cute and overall FINE, but I never felt at all invested in the characters or what happened to them. It's too bad, the premises sound interesting, but I think the writing style may not be for me. Or maybe you, either.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  • Based on the cover, I wouldn't pick up this book. For some reason, it screams not your cup of tea. I did have a friend who abandoned me when she became a bit popular, then when it fell flat on her face, she ran back to me. Oh, the joys…

  • I wasn't really attracted to this premise, and it sounds like that's a good thing, because it didn't seem to wow you either. Great review, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • I hate when there's this “best friend” who treats the protagonist like crap, or is basically just a really crappy friend. I'm sorry you didn't like this book so much. The summary had all the makings to be a good book. Great review, Joy!
    -Marianne

  • Awesome review Joy. <3 Aw. I'm sorry you didn't fully love this book. But the family sounds pretty awesome πŸ˜€

  • The family dynamics of this book was definitely the saving grace. I loved the tattoo shop setting–which was pretty rare–and that the focus was more on family than the romantic relationship. It's been awhile since I read it, so the romantic relationship is actually a bit fuzzy to me. I do remember being super annoyed with her sister and the way she shuts Kellie out and thought it was odd that the friendship wasn't delved into with more depth–it was kind of like what's the point? I liked this one, but I definitely liked her first book better if you haven't read it. Hope your next read is better!